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Guides & Advice

Expert advice to help you get back on the water faster including parts locators, rigging guides, what to wear guides, and gift guides.


Parts Locators - Helpful guides for finding the right replacement part for your sailboat or kayak. Guides available in PDF format and many include links to parts.

Rigging Guides - Not sure how to finish rigging your boat? Our Rigging Guides are available in a PDF format and are a great resource.

Line Lengths - Helpful guides including line lengths, diameter, and material for many popular small sailboats. New guides added each week!

Boat FAQs - Common questions and answers about the various sailboats and kayaks we offer, designed to make it easier for you to find and order the right boat for your next adventure on the water.

Size Charts - Size charts from Gill, Zhik, Rooster, Ronstan, Stohlquist, and more, designed to help you find the right size gear.

What To Wear Guides - Not sure how to gear up for sailing? Our What To Wear Guides offer practical advice and product recommendations for all types of sailing including scholastic, Laser, Opti, offshore, cold weather, warm weather, and more.

Choosing Sailing Gear - Articles by West Coast Sailing experts with tips, tricks, and advice on selecting apparel and accessories for your sailing needs.

Sailing Gift Guides - Find the perfect gift for the sailor in your life this holiday season. Our experience staff of sailors has hand selected gifts for every sailor, from dinghy and foul weather gear, to gifts for junior sailors, footwear, popular accessories, upgrades, and more. Shop with confidence and find a gift they will love.